Coronavirus lockdown | Shops in Tamil Nadu to close by 10 am from Saturday

Govt. tightens lockdown restrictions, e-registration obligatory from Could 17

Retailers promoting provisions, groceries and meat in Tamil Nadu can be allowed to perform solely from 6 am to 10 am from Saturday, as a part of intensified COVID-19 lockdown measures that shall be in place until Could 24 morning. They have been earlier allowed to stay open between 6 am and 12 midday. Even e-commerce firms, which have been allowed to ship provisions, greens and meat, can be allowed to function solely until 10 am.

As a part of the brand new measures introduced by Chief Minister M Ok Stalin on Friday night, “e-registration” on shall be obligatory from 6 am on Could 17 for not simply getting into Tamil Nadu but in addition for inter and intra-district motion together with for emergency functions resembling medical remedy, aged care, attending weddings and funerals of shut family.

A senior official advised The Hindu: “E-registration should not be confused with e-pass. E-registration is auto-generated based mostly on documentary proof offered.” Whereas within the case of e-pas one needed to apply and a authorities authority would approve, “which we felt is tedious,” the official stated explaining why solely e-registration was mandated now.

Tea outlets would stay closed and platform distributors wouldn’t be permitted to hold on enterprise. Earlier road outlets coping with greens, flowers and fruits have been permitted until midday.

Full lockdown can be applied on Could 16 and 23 (Sundays).

Allopathic and conventional medical shops, ATMs, petrol and diesel bunks would stay open as ordinary. E-commerce firms can be allowed to function between 2 pm and 6 pm. The present “evening curfew” between 10 pm and four am would stay in drive.

“Most people are requested to purchase provisions and greens solely from outlets nearer to their neighborhood and never from far-off areas. These making an attempt in any other case can be prevented,” Mr. Stalin stated. He reiterated that folks should keep away from stepping out unnecessarily and keep away from crowding in public locations and appealed for cooperation.

The choice to tighten lockdown restrictions was “unavoidable” and brought based mostly on resolutions adopted on the assembly of legislative events chaired by him on Thursday and his conferences with senior officers, medical and public well being consultants on Friday, Mr Stalin stated.

Commissioner of Better Chennai Company and District Collectors have been instructed to guarantee there isn’t a crowding and bodily distancing is maintained strictly at outlets promoting fish and meat.

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